Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

genus Mespilus

organ parasitic mode stage note taxonomic group parasite
stem borer larva Cerambycidae Tetrops praeustus
dead wood borer Cerambycidae Aegosoma scabricorne
dead wood borer Cerambycidae Glaphyra kiesenwetteri
leaf vagrant Tenuipalpidae Cenopalpus mespili
stem scale Diaspididae Comstockaspis perniciosa
stem borer larva Rhynchitidae Haplorhynchites caeruleus
root collar borer Buprestidae Capnodis tenebrionis
stem scale Coccidae Palaeolecanium bituberculatum
scale Diaspididae Diaspidiotus pyri
stem scale Diaspididae Lepidosaphes ulmi
leaf vagrant Tingidae Stephanitis pyri
systemic scale Diaspididae Parlatoria oleae
stem scale Diaspididae Pseudaulacaspis pentagona
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora coracipennella
fruit down Sclerotiniaceae Monilinia laxa
fruit pustule Sclerotiniaceae Monilinia fructigena
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Phacellium mespili
leaf leaf spot Sclerotiniaceae Monilinia mespili
leaf leaf spot Sporocadaceae Seimatosporium rosae
leaf leaf spot Didymellaceae Ascochyta mespili
leaf leaf spot Phyllostictaceae Phyllosticta mespili
leaf leaf spot Phyllostictaceae Phyllosticta mespilicola
leaf leaf spot Mycosphaerellaceae Septoria mespili
leaf leaf spot Massarinaceae Stagonospora mespili
leaf leaf spot Dothideomycetes incertae sedis Asteromella mespili
leaf leaf spot Dothideomycetes incertae sedis Asteromella mespili
leaf leaf spot Sclerotiniaceae Monilia foliicola
stem borer Cossidae Zeuzera pyrina
leaf vagrant Miridae Heterocordylus tumidicornis
leaf scale Aleyrodidae Siphoninus phillyreae
leaf vagrant Geometridae Operophtera brumata
leaf vagrant Pyralidae Cryptoblabes gnidiella
stem borer Buprestidae Anthaxia nitidula
stem borer Buprestidae Agrilus roscidus
stem borer Buprestidae Agrilus sinuatus
leaf vagrant Cicadellidae Edwardsiana crataegi
stem borer Curculionidae Scolytus rugulosus
stem borer Curculionidae Scolytus amygdali
leaf leaf spot Helotiales Diplocarpon mespili
stem borer Curculionidae Magdalis cerasi
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora siccifolia
leaf vagrant adult Chrysomelidae Orsodacne lineola
unknown unknown Chrysomelidae Orsodacne humeralis
stem scale Coccidae Parthenolecanium persicae
unknown unknown Rhynchitidae Rhynchites giganteus
leaf vagrant Tenthredinidae Caliroa cerasi
leaf hidden Pamphilidae Neurotoma saltuum
leaf hidden Yponomeutidae Yponomeuta padella
leaf hidden Tortricidae Archips crataegana
leaf hidden Tortricidae Archips xylosteana
fruit borer rarely Tortricidae Grapholita janthinana
leaf bud gall larva doubtful Curculionidae Anthonomus chevrolati
fruit borer larva Rhynchitidae Tatianaerhynchites aequatus
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis spiraecola
leaf vagrant Aphididae Aphis gossypii
leaf bud gall Curculionidae Anthonomus spilotus
leaf down Erysiphales Phyllactinia mali
leaf down Erysiphales Podosphaera clandestina
leaf gall Aphididae Aphis pomi
leaf gall Eriophyidae Eriophyes pyri
leaf gall Psyllidae Cacopsylla crataegi
leaf gall Psyllidae Cacopsylla melanoneura
leaf miner Bucculatricidae Bucculatrix bechsteinella
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora hemerobiella
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora serratella
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora spinella
leaf miner Coleophoridae Coleophora violacea
leaf miner Curculionidae Rhamphus oxyacanthae
leaf miner Gelechiidae Recurvaria nanella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Parornix anglicella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter anceps
leaf miner Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter corylifoliella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter mespilella
leaf miner Gracillariidae Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae
leaf miner Lyonetiidae Leucoptera malifoliella
leaf miner Lyonetiidae Lyonetia clerkella
leaf miner Lyonetiidae Lyonetia prunifoliella
leaf miner Nepticulidae Stigmella oxyacanthella
leaf miner Nepticulidae Stigmella regiella
leaf miner Nepticulidae Ectoedemia atricollis
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Gymnosporangium clavariiforme
leaf pustule aecia Pucciniales Gymnosporangium confusum
leaf vagrant spring generation Aphididae Rhopalosiphum oxyacanthae
stem scale Diaspididae Epidiaspis leperii
stem gall Santalaceae Viscum album
stem scale Pseudococcidae Phenacoccus aceris
leaf vagrant spring generation Aphididae Ovatus insitus
leaf gall Aphididae Aphis pomi


the part of the plant that most conspicuously is hit by the parasite

all buds: both flower buds and leaf buds
flower: also inflorescence
leaf: also needle, phyllodium, petiole
leaf bud: also unfolding young leaf
fruit: also seed
root: also root stock, runners
root collar: also the lowest part of the stem
stem: also culm, the lower part of the peduncle, in grasses also leaf sheath
systemic: the entire above-ground plant.


borer: larva living internally, almost no outwards signs
down: 0.5-2 mm high fungal down
film: very thin cover of fungal tussue
gall: swelling and/or malformation
grazer: feeding at the outside of the plant
leaf spot: discoloured, often ± necrotic, generally not galled, sign of a fungus infection
miner-borer: larve initially makes a mine, lives as a borer later
pustule: plug of fungal tissue, generally brown-black and < 2 mm
stripe: longitudinal line of fungal tissue in a grass leaf
vagrant: (aphids, mites) living freely on the plant, at higher densitiy causing malformations.


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The host plant spectre of a parasite is rarely known exhaustively; this applies in particular at the species level. It is advisable therefore to check at least also the list of all parasites of this genus.


Last modified 17.vii.2023